NortHFutures Hub

NortHFutures Hub

Our Mission 

The Northern Health Futures (NortHFutures) Hub aims to enhance health and wellbeing across the North East and North Cumbria region of the UK.

The hub facilitates responsible research and innovation in healthcare technologies (health-tech), supported by inclusive digital skills sharing, training, and making connections.

We take a people-centred approach and are committed to humanising health-tech by championing equity, participation, and investment across the region.

Our goal is to establish NortHFutures as a pioneering ecosystem working across job sectors that empowers people to engage and lead in digital health and health-tech initiatives. We practice participant-led user research and evaluation of tools and resources to strive for the design of useable and useful technologies and services.

We aim to create an inclusive environment where everyone, from health and social care professionals and industry leaders to community organisations, advocacy groups and academic researchers, can come together to collaborate, innovate and share insights and experience.

  • Six regional universities 
  • Seven regional NHS Foundation Trusts 
  • 50+ core partners across industry, health & care, public & voluntary sectors
  • £4.17m programme
“Our aspiration is that the Hub will deliver a supportive and diverse community infrastructure that will stimulate social, economic and cultural growth, and will promote wellbeing for all.”
— Abigail Durrant & Naeem Soomro, Directors of NortHFutures

Our Activities 

We aim to address health and social inequalities in the North East and North Cumbria through inclusive digital skills training and sharing, responsible health-tech design and development, networking and entrepreneurship. 

We will:

  • Connect stakeholders in health-tech research and innovation;
  • Facilitate digital skills sharing to train future leaders;
  • Fund scoping research and new cross-sector collaborations;
  • Lead with human-centred approaches to champion the design of usable and useful tools and resources.


Funding announced for NortHFutures Digital Health Hub →

Newcastle University is leading a ground-breaking £4.17m Digital Health Hub for the North East and North Cumbria (NENC). The Northern Health Futures (NortHFutures) programme is a collaboration between six regional universities, and seven NHS Trusts within the Integrated Care System (ICS) for NENC.

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NortHFutures Programme Manager: Jennifer Wood

Core partners

Cumbria University Durham University Newcastle University Northumbria University Sunderland University Teesside University NHS NHS NUTH HDRUK Health innovation NECN Innovation supernetwork NENC Health and Care Partnership Newcastle health innovation partners VONNE